Bangladesh in Zimbabwe 2013 April 21, 2013

Bangladesh call up Shafiul, Ziaur as injury cover

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Seamer Shafiul Islam and allrounder Ziaur Rahman have been called up to the Bangladesh Test squad, as cover for pacers Rubel Hossain and Shahadat Hossain. Shafiul and Ziaur will fly to Harare on Sunday night.

Rubel, who had back trouble during the tour to Sri Lanka earlier this year, hurt his shoulder during the first Test here, while Shahadat had missed the Test due to a knee injury. They do not have much time to regain full fitness, with the second Test beginning on Thursday, thus prompting the team to call for back-up.

Bangladesh's other injury concern is opener Tamim Iqbal, who also missed the first Test. However, his thumb injury is coming on well and indications are he should be fit in time for the second game. On Saturday, captain Mushfiqur Rahim said: "He is doing really well."

Ziaur had featured in the limited-overs leg on Bangladesh's tour to Sri Lanka, but is yet to debut in Test cricket. Shafiul last played in the home series against West Indies, in December last year. He had made a comeback in that series, following a long injury layoff to recover from a shoulder injury that he picked up while fielding in the Asia Cup in March 2012.

Bangladesh lost the first Test by a whopping 335-run margin, within four days, and will have to win the second match to squad the series.

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  • on April 23, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Tamim,Jaharul,Ashraful,Shakib,Nasir,Mushfiq,Mominul,Zia,Gazi,Sajidul,Robiul. Should be the playing IX. 3Pacers ( Shaj,Robiul,Zia) 3Spinners (Shakib,Gazi,Mominul) and nasir can be used according to the situation as he can bowl both spin and pace. Zia,Gazi and Sajidul also has experience with batting. So it's a good batting lineup aswell. Hope BD wins the toss and chooses to bat first.

  • dontlikecricket on April 22, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    I think problem with BD cricket is that they do not have quality players. Ok they don't have to be on the same level as Amla, AB, Sanga, Clarke, Peterson, Steyn, Philander, Ajmal, Swan etc etc (these are exceptional players and do not come in large numbers), however they are not even producing decent players with good temperament. I am not entirely sure how many BD players will even make the starting line up of top first class domestic competitions. I have even watched IND and PAK first class matches(most of them are rather boring) and although they are not as good as they use to be, but trust me their players are far better than majority of BD first eleven.

  • on April 22, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    Why should be Shakib rested for the ODI series? Why did he play in BPL with the injury? He should be mentally fit 90-100% whenever he plays for the country, because it's his prime duty. Just look at how Sangakara played against us in Srilanka. It was the performance of very strong determination, a very high level of patience and overall super show of 100% professionalism. Anyways, our team did well in Srilanka and hopefully they would do better in the 2nd test. It's all about self belief. My request to our team to forget the Srilanka tour and just think about the current tour. Have fun and have funny discussions, and fix individual targets.

  • on April 22, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    sakib could have been rested for upcoming odi series as we have seen him that he looked mentally unfit for test.In his place the best choice was Marsal ayub as he was the part of Sl tour.Three changes are coming for sure...one is tamim is coming instead of nafees,mominul for raid and sajedul for rubel.also zia may be included instead of enamul......

  • hasib9 on April 22, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Shafiul is a much better bowler than Rubel in the ODIs and T20s but I'm afraid he is almost as bad in the Tests. Hopefully he will improve his figures in this test. Nafees looked solid and so did Ashraful against fast bowling but Jahurul, Mushfiq, Mahmudullah, and Shakib didn't look comfortable. Enamul Jr could be replaced by a fast bowler or Zia. Nasir looked impressive with the ball so Zia will be interesting. Also a left handed swing bowler may be interesting against Taylor. Come up with a good game plan guys. Losing one match is ok. I know you can bounce back.

  • Tabrez_22 on April 22, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Sorry to say to the Bangladeshi fans, but Shahadat Hossain have no class to be an International Player; if he would been in India, he would have really struggled hard enough to even stay in first class arena. BCB should even think making his comeback every now and then, else they should play spinners instead of him.

  • on April 22, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    BCB is continuously failing to manage fitness and injuries of the players which caused heavily in the SL and now in Zim tour, failed to give proper physio, trainer and fielding coach & supporting stuffs! why do BCB criticize the players for the failure, rather they should only criticize themselves for not taking the right strategy, planning, effort, activities to go for right direction of BD cricket! Very pathetically alll efforts of BCB now, are to organize the picnic cricket like BPL! But BCB failed to build a single sporting/bouncy pitch so far, failed to organize adequate longer version and 1st class matches & tournaments and the complete absence of pacer hunt activities & training! Shame on BCB!

  • on April 22, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Suggest squad of 2nd test match for Bangladesh: 1. Tamim/ Nafis 2. Jahorul Islam 3. Ashraful 4. Mushfiq 5. Sakib 6. Mominul 7. Nasir 8. Ziaur 9. Shohag 10.Shafiul 11. Robiul

  • on April 22, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    What we need is a new selection committee, Akram & Co is getting dumb day by day. How come Ziaur rahamn is a test bowler? He has no venom to be in the pace attack for a test team. There are at least 5 more pacers who should be tried ahead of Zia like Talha, Robin, Sharif, Taskin, Abu Jayed etc....

  • Sadequl on April 21, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Agree with Mashiul Alam about Nafees & Mahmudullah & both of them R out of form too. Team should give a chance to fresh legs rather then selecting them with such off form again in the 2nd test too.

    Shafiul is out of the team for a long time & as we can see with Shakib that can cause lack of performance too. Ziaur seems to be a T-20 specialist for us so should not be over measured by any means for 2nd test.

    Wish someone could tell our boys try to play controlled innings in 2nd test match without taking any risk or rush stroke, especially to Ash's ear! Though can't expect much of a difference of the 2nd test's result but if boy's plays test match with test mentality then atleast we would have mentally satisfied to see that.

  • on April 23, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Tamim,Jaharul,Ashraful,Shakib,Nasir,Mushfiq,Mominul,Zia,Gazi,Sajidul,Robiul. Should be the playing IX. 3Pacers ( Shaj,Robiul,Zia) 3Spinners (Shakib,Gazi,Mominul) and nasir can be used according to the situation as he can bowl both spin and pace. Zia,Gazi and Sajidul also has experience with batting. So it's a good batting lineup aswell. Hope BD wins the toss and chooses to bat first.

  • dontlikecricket on April 22, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    I think problem with BD cricket is that they do not have quality players. Ok they don't have to be on the same level as Amla, AB, Sanga, Clarke, Peterson, Steyn, Philander, Ajmal, Swan etc etc (these are exceptional players and do not come in large numbers), however they are not even producing decent players with good temperament. I am not entirely sure how many BD players will even make the starting line up of top first class domestic competitions. I have even watched IND and PAK first class matches(most of them are rather boring) and although they are not as good as they use to be, but trust me their players are far better than majority of BD first eleven.

  • on April 22, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    Why should be Shakib rested for the ODI series? Why did he play in BPL with the injury? He should be mentally fit 90-100% whenever he plays for the country, because it's his prime duty. Just look at how Sangakara played against us in Srilanka. It was the performance of very strong determination, a very high level of patience and overall super show of 100% professionalism. Anyways, our team did well in Srilanka and hopefully they would do better in the 2nd test. It's all about self belief. My request to our team to forget the Srilanka tour and just think about the current tour. Have fun and have funny discussions, and fix individual targets.

  • on April 22, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    sakib could have been rested for upcoming odi series as we have seen him that he looked mentally unfit for test.In his place the best choice was Marsal ayub as he was the part of Sl tour.Three changes are coming for sure...one is tamim is coming instead of nafees,mominul for raid and sajedul for rubel.also zia may be included instead of enamul......

  • hasib9 on April 22, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Shafiul is a much better bowler than Rubel in the ODIs and T20s but I'm afraid he is almost as bad in the Tests. Hopefully he will improve his figures in this test. Nafees looked solid and so did Ashraful against fast bowling but Jahurul, Mushfiq, Mahmudullah, and Shakib didn't look comfortable. Enamul Jr could be replaced by a fast bowler or Zia. Nasir looked impressive with the ball so Zia will be interesting. Also a left handed swing bowler may be interesting against Taylor. Come up with a good game plan guys. Losing one match is ok. I know you can bounce back.

  • Tabrez_22 on April 22, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Sorry to say to the Bangladeshi fans, but Shahadat Hossain have no class to be an International Player; if he would been in India, he would have really struggled hard enough to even stay in first class arena. BCB should even think making his comeback every now and then, else they should play spinners instead of him.

  • on April 22, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    BCB is continuously failing to manage fitness and injuries of the players which caused heavily in the SL and now in Zim tour, failed to give proper physio, trainer and fielding coach & supporting stuffs! why do BCB criticize the players for the failure, rather they should only criticize themselves for not taking the right strategy, planning, effort, activities to go for right direction of BD cricket! Very pathetically alll efforts of BCB now, are to organize the picnic cricket like BPL! But BCB failed to build a single sporting/bouncy pitch so far, failed to organize adequate longer version and 1st class matches & tournaments and the complete absence of pacer hunt activities & training! Shame on BCB!

  • on April 22, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Suggest squad of 2nd test match for Bangladesh: 1. Tamim/ Nafis 2. Jahorul Islam 3. Ashraful 4. Mushfiq 5. Sakib 6. Mominul 7. Nasir 8. Ziaur 9. Shohag 10.Shafiul 11. Robiul

  • on April 22, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    What we need is a new selection committee, Akram & Co is getting dumb day by day. How come Ziaur rahamn is a test bowler? He has no venom to be in the pace attack for a test team. There are at least 5 more pacers who should be tried ahead of Zia like Talha, Robin, Sharif, Taskin, Abu Jayed etc....

  • Sadequl on April 21, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Agree with Mashiul Alam about Nafees & Mahmudullah & both of them R out of form too. Team should give a chance to fresh legs rather then selecting them with such off form again in the 2nd test too.

    Shafiul is out of the team for a long time & as we can see with Shakib that can cause lack of performance too. Ziaur seems to be a T-20 specialist for us so should not be over measured by any means for 2nd test.

    Wish someone could tell our boys try to play controlled innings in 2nd test match without taking any risk or rush stroke, especially to Ash's ear! Though can't expect much of a difference of the 2nd test's result but if boy's plays test match with test mentality then atleast we would have mentally satisfied to see that.

  • on April 21, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Both Nafees and Mahmudullah's performace are below standard. BCB please just drop them out by putting in Tamim (already replaced) and Marshall respectively. As far as bowling is concerned Masharraf would be the best at this moment otherwise another big loss is waiting for us.

  • hasib9 on April 21, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Ok, here is what I think: I think BD is going to win, so long as the umpiring is good! Thank you for reading my comment :)

  • rony1008 on April 21, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    One of the main reason Zimbabwe won was because they had more fast bowlers and they batted well. While I understand Shafiul's inclusion as a pace bowler, Ziaur on the other hand is slower medium bowler. Its very hard to understand BD strategy. I think they will suffer in the next test too and the way the think tank "thinks" they deserve to loose in a big way.

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on April 21, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    I think Momenul and Marshall Ayoub should play in place of mahmudullah and nafees. Dont think shafiul and ziaur would make any difference, perhaps mosharraf hossain can be given chance.

  • on April 21, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Our icon players should not be included in the squad as show pieces when their fitness level is less than acceptable level. Performance of Ashraful in the First test was very good but... the way he got run out in the second innings is totally unpardonable. In fact I personally feel that is the turning point of the lost match. I am very sorry to say Ashraful does not learn from his past. Being the senior most player in the team with vast experience (good & bad) he must learn the basics first. In test matches valuable wickets are more important than a few more runs.

  • BARFI on April 21, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Here are some suggestions: 1) Put a self imposed BAN on Test Cricket. BD could not master it, so you should learn it 2) Understand that ODI is not good benchmark for a CRICKET Team. TEST is, so create real first class gaming events 4) Spend money on PLAYERS by traing them 5) Create bouncy Pitch and look for fas bowlers 6) Create a meal plan for players and condition them for building stamina 7) Look for real fast bowlers and get a bowling coach from WI or even Zimbabwe 8) Stop praising players for nominal success 9) Get a sports Psychologist and motivate the team that they are represnting their nation 10) Stop bashing other countries (Specially Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur has that habit during interview) before you can beat them comprehensively and regular fashion 11) BCB get your head straight and spend money to get a good coach. Not onle one - get a head coach, fielding coach, bowling coach, and batting coach. BD has not been clicking consistently in any of those department.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 21, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    No big loss, not mentionable replacement it is! Both the injured fast bowlers r below the standard & their replacement r also poor with techniques.

  • on April 21, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Syed Rasel would have swung it all around, where is he also no.1 underrated pacer Nazmul? Marshal deserves a chance atleast he has the brains. Also i agree Shakib needs rest. Although Abul Hasan is useless would have been interesting how he would bowl also he can bat and Farhad Reza. My team based on this news: Tamim,Jahrul,Ashraful,Nasir,Shakib,Mushfiqur, Mahmadullah (plays well under pressure)/Ziaur (can bat and bowl but is a slogger....), Gazi, Shafiul, Robiul, Sajidul

  • BARFI on April 21, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Shakib is out of form and is not properly conditioned. How come he even got selected. BD needs fast bouncy pitch and practice. Mushfiqur needs to be sacked as he does not have any vision and could not motivate his team. When captain our for low, what can you expect. The team has disgraced the whole BD as a nation of cricket players. For GODS sake even a BPL team would do much better than the national team.

  • banglafan on April 21, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Not only Rubel and Shahadat, but also Shakib and Tamim, who are partially injured, should return home and let fully fit youngsters play. BCB - please take bold decisions. The prestige of the country is at stake. Dont think twice about dropping SHahriar NAfees and MAhmudullah - just do it.

  • on April 21, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    i might be wrong but definitely all the question raise toward BD's Physio and Trainer. Why so many injuries and what they are doing ...

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  • on April 21, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    i might be wrong but definitely all the question raise toward BD's Physio and Trainer. Why so many injuries and what they are doing ...

  • banglafan on April 21, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Not only Rubel and Shahadat, but also Shakib and Tamim, who are partially injured, should return home and let fully fit youngsters play. BCB - please take bold decisions. The prestige of the country is at stake. Dont think twice about dropping SHahriar NAfees and MAhmudullah - just do it.

  • BARFI on April 21, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Shakib is out of form and is not properly conditioned. How come he even got selected. BD needs fast bouncy pitch and practice. Mushfiqur needs to be sacked as he does not have any vision and could not motivate his team. When captain our for low, what can you expect. The team has disgraced the whole BD as a nation of cricket players. For GODS sake even a BPL team would do much better than the national team.

  • on April 21, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Syed Rasel would have swung it all around, where is he also no.1 underrated pacer Nazmul? Marshal deserves a chance atleast he has the brains. Also i agree Shakib needs rest. Although Abul Hasan is useless would have been interesting how he would bowl also he can bat and Farhad Reza. My team based on this news: Tamim,Jahrul,Ashraful,Nasir,Shakib,Mushfiqur, Mahmadullah (plays well under pressure)/Ziaur (can bat and bowl but is a slogger....), Gazi, Shafiul, Robiul, Sajidul

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 21, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    No big loss, not mentionable replacement it is! Both the injured fast bowlers r below the standard & their replacement r also poor with techniques.

  • BARFI on April 21, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Here are some suggestions: 1) Put a self imposed BAN on Test Cricket. BD could not master it, so you should learn it 2) Understand that ODI is not good benchmark for a CRICKET Team. TEST is, so create real first class gaming events 4) Spend money on PLAYERS by traing them 5) Create bouncy Pitch and look for fas bowlers 6) Create a meal plan for players and condition them for building stamina 7) Look for real fast bowlers and get a bowling coach from WI or even Zimbabwe 8) Stop praising players for nominal success 9) Get a sports Psychologist and motivate the team that they are represnting their nation 10) Stop bashing other countries (Specially Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur has that habit during interview) before you can beat them comprehensively and regular fashion 11) BCB get your head straight and spend money to get a good coach. Not onle one - get a head coach, fielding coach, bowling coach, and batting coach. BD has not been clicking consistently in any of those department.

  • on April 21, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Our icon players should not be included in the squad as show pieces when their fitness level is less than acceptable level. Performance of Ashraful in the First test was very good but... the way he got run out in the second innings is totally unpardonable. In fact I personally feel that is the turning point of the lost match. I am very sorry to say Ashraful does not learn from his past. Being the senior most player in the team with vast experience (good & bad) he must learn the basics first. In test matches valuable wickets are more important than a few more runs.

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on April 21, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    I think Momenul and Marshall Ayoub should play in place of mahmudullah and nafees. Dont think shafiul and ziaur would make any difference, perhaps mosharraf hossain can be given chance.

  • rony1008 on April 21, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    One of the main reason Zimbabwe won was because they had more fast bowlers and they batted well. While I understand Shafiul's inclusion as a pace bowler, Ziaur on the other hand is slower medium bowler. Its very hard to understand BD strategy. I think they will suffer in the next test too and the way the think tank "thinks" they deserve to loose in a big way.

  • hasib9 on April 21, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Ok, here is what I think: I think BD is going to win, so long as the umpiring is good! Thank you for reading my comment :)